Colombia Highlights: Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá

International Travel, Photography, South America

The Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá is an underground Roman Catholic church built within the tunnels of a salt mine 200 meters underground in a Halite mountain near the town of Zipaquirá, Colombia. The name “Salt Cathedral” is mostly used to attract tourists–while a functioning church that receives as many as 3000 visitors on Sundays, it has no bishop and therefore no official status as a cathedral in Catholicism.

The underground system features exhibits for each of the fourteen stations of the cross, a small church, and a massive cathedral, along with assorted sculptures along the way. Many areas have changing lights, so every thirty seconds or so a red background may become blue then green then yellow. I don’t travel with a tripod, so I do the best I can to capture some of the essence of the site.

Photos taken December 21, 2013.

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